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Slavery and Abolition

Microfilm collections: plantation life

*Printed guides to accompany microfilm are housed in Microform Services on A-floor in Firestone Library.


Butler Plantation Papers: The Papers of Pierce Butler (1744-1822) and Sucessors from the Historical Society of Pennsylvania

ReCap Microfilm 10622     E-guide             Printed guide (FilmB) F290.B96 B874          22 reels

This collection documents both the day-to-day running of the Butler plantations in South Carolina and Georgia from 1786 to 1885, and the political career of Pierce Butler, who served in Congress in 1792-94 and 1802-04.  

John Horry Dent Farm Journals and Account Books, 1840-1892

ReCap Microfilm 01553             Printed guide (FilmB) Z6611.A33D46          4 reels

Dent was a prosperous plantation (and slave) owner who kept a daily journal for more than 50 years.

Papers of Robert F. W. Allston, 1801-1864

ReCap Microfiche 822                   Printed guide: none          438 microfiche

Allston was a rice planter and governor of South Carolina from 1856-1858. From the South Carolina Historical Society. See Allston, Robert F.W. (1801-1864) in American National Biography.

Records of Ante-bellum Southern Plantations from the Revolution through the Civil War

ReCap Microfilm 05474            E-guides           Printed guide: (Film B) F213.S35          1286 reels

Plantation records from many libraries and archives, including business records, account books, reports, diaries and letters that offer a detailed view of life on Southern plantations. There is extensive material on slavery, agriculture as a business, and family life.

Southern Historical Manuscripts

ReCap Microfiche 848                    Printed guide: none          526 microfiche

Consists of original plantation records in the collection of Louisiana State University, Dept. of Archives and Manuscripts (Baton Rouge).

Southern Women and Their Families in the 19th Century: Papers and Diaries

ReCap Microfilm 06950             Printed guide: (FilmB) HQ1458.S687          411 reels

Consists of diaries and letters written by women in the American South in the 19th century. Covers a rich variety of topics including the Civil War, slavery, marriage and childbearing, religion and politics.